Donald Trump: 'Virtually, It's Treason' that New York Times Published Op-Ed

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That idea was also supported by an unsigned article for The New York Times published Wednesday, which said that "unsung heroes" were quietly working within the administration to frustrate the president's "worst inclinations".

The Times took what it called the rare step of publishing an opinion column by the official under an agreement to keep the author's name secret. "[Donald Trump] has a clear governing vision for the country and his record of results is remarkable".

James Dao, the op-ed editor for the Times, said in the paper's Daily podcast on Thursday, "There's nothing in the piece that strikes me as being relevant to or undermining the national security".

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, budget director Mick Mulvaney and others denied authorship of the article.

It blasts Trump as morally unmoored, criticizes his "impetuous" leadership style and depicts a "two-track presidency" in which Trump acts according to his own whims while many of his top aides, in the author's words, work to thwart his "more misguided impulses until he is out of office".

Let's just hope this saga doesn't end like this.

Trump also said he's still open to answering questions from Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his continuing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

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President Trump told reporters: "I would say Jeff (Sessions) should be investigating who the author of that piece was because I really believe it's national security".

"It was not his op-ed", Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said.

In a tweet Thursday morning, Trump suggested that the op-ed was born of frustration from his political adversaries because his administration is doing well.

Trump took to Twitter nearly immediately after it was published, demanding that the New York Times turn over the identity of the senior staff member who wrote the editorial. In this case, former White House chief economic adviser Gary Cohn swiped the draft letter off the Oval Office desk to prevent Trump from signing it, terminating a critical trade agreement with South Korea.

In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the person behind the op-ed chose to "deceive, rather than support, the duly elected President of the United States" and called on the "coward" to resign.

Trump has spoken and written about the piece several times since its publication Wednesday. Some people who agreed with the writer's points suggested the president's reaction actually confirmed the author's concerns.

"We see ourselves as rebels", another intra-administration "resister" said.

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